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Airline Fees
1:45 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Senator asks airlines to drop seat fee for kids

NEW YORK — Sen. Charles Schumer is urging airlines to allow families with young children to sit together without paying extra.

The New York Democrat is reacting to an Associated Press story last week detailing how families this summer are going to find it harder to sit together without paying fees that can add up to hundreds of dollars over the original ticket price.

"Children need access to their parents and parents need access to their children," Schumer said in a statement. "Unnecessary airline fees shouldn't serve as a literal barrier between mother and child."

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The Times-Picayune
8:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Mayor Landrieu Plans Meeting With Times-Picayune Owners

Erin Krall WWNO

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he’s planning to talk with owners of the Times-Picayune for details about cutbacks.

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Features
6:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

City Leaders Rally To Save Times-Picayune Daily Publication

Erin Krall

New Orleans has survived the Civil War, yellow fever, the Depression and a string of spectacular political shenanigans. But its award-winning newspaper – The Times-Picayune – won’t be around to tell readers each day how the city is rebounding from Hurricane Katrina.

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Katrina FEMA Grants
11:10 am
Fri May 25, 2012

$9.2M in FEMA Grants for Katrina Recovery

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing another $9.2 million to help southeast Louisiana recover from Hurricane Katrina.

St. Bernard Parish is getting back $1.4 million spent to demolish and remove thousands of houses that couldn't be repaired after the 2005 storm.

The largest grants are $3.3 million to repair flood and wind damage at Brown Hall on the Southern University at New Orleans campus, and nearly $3 million for a crane rail extension at the Port of New Orleans.

State Employee Retirement
11:04 am
Fri May 25, 2012

House Rejects Final Passage of Jindal Pension Bill

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to create a new retirement plan for future rank-and-file state workers has failed to get final legislative passage. The proposal would create a cheaper investment account similar to a 401(k) plan for state employees hired after July 1, 2013. 

Gun Limits
10:57 am
Fri May 25, 2012

House Backs Bill to Limit Gun Restrictions in La.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House has agreed to rewrite the state's constitutional protections for weapon owners, striking a provision that gives the Legislature explicit authority to limit concealed handguns. Critics say the plan could lead to the nullification of most of Louisiana's gun limits. 

The Times-Picayune
6:00 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Civic Leaders Seek Alternative To Times-Picayune Cuts

Erin Krall WWNO

The announcement that the Times-Picayune is making cutbacks and planning to print only three copies a week has shocked some community leaders. But one leading expert in journalism says shifting to online delivery is a clear industry path.

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The Times-Picayune
4:05 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Times-Picayune Announces Cuts

Erin Krall WWNO

The Times-Picayune, New Orleans’ only daily newspaper, is announcing major cutbacks. The Pulitzer Prize-winning paper will be printed only three days a week.

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The Digital Divide
1:51 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Poorer communities continue to suffer lack of broadband access — and related opportunity

Community member Oliver Butler, at the Ninth Ward Village community center.
Matt Davis The Lens

This is a repost of a Lens story, first published March 23, in light of news that The Times-Picayune will be cutting back to three published newspapers a week, focusing its efforts instead on online reporting. The accompanying map shows the wide swaths of the city where broadband internet access is not prevalent — meaning people there are not as likely to get the news that the TP will produce.

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Louisiana Test Scores
11:42 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Two Percent Hike in Students Reaching 'Basic' Level

State education officials say the percentage of Louisiana public school students reaching "basic" achievement levels on standardized tests grew from 66 percent to 68 percent this year. Statewide, improvement was noted at almost every grade level and every subject.

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